The MESS project was started in 2002 as a community driven venture to find practical solutions to environmental issues on the islands. Working closely with Argyll and Bute council the project initially operated bring site recycling services.
MESS seeks to engage the communities of Mull and Iona in practical activities to Reduce Reuse and Recycle their waste.
The first charity shop was opened in Bunessan in 2003 and the Craignure branch in 2005, followed by the opening of a summer pop up shop in the Tobermory in 2012. Island Castaways has proved to be a great success with a large annual landfill tonnage diversion and providing a good income for the project and community grants. We offer a volunteering opportunity for over 40 residents. It is a fantastic social hub which offers a recycling solution for unwanted goods and offers affordable and original purchases for visitors and locals.